http://belladonnafusion.com/author/admin/page/10/ Being bombarded by images of wars and disasters can eventually make us numb to the devastation. Last year, pictures of Syria and its refugees flooded our media devices. One disaster is replaced by the next in the news, so it is easy to forget. However, these realities persist and the problem does not disappear. With your help, Convoy of Hope Europe supports local partners in Jordan that are still helping refugees from Syria. Would you consider to make a donation of $50 to provide a food parcel to a family that still remains homeless? With your help, our Jordanian partners are working to give help and hope to this suffering region. The numbers are overwhelming. There are currently over 9 million refugees from Syria, 6.5 million of which are displaced within Syria. Over 1.3 million Syrians fled to Jordan. More than 80,000 of these arrived in the enormous Za’atari refugee camp near Amman, Jordan. Most of them are women and children, because a lot of their men have already died in the war. Many have come face-to-face with death itself to make it this far. Often their family members, a husband or even a child, were killed right before their eyes. Making it out of Syria alive seemed like their biggest challenge, only for them to realize that simply living on the other side would be a challenge of its own. GIVE HOPE TODAY The Za’atari camp is the refugee landing point in Jordan. Za’atari is now considered the fourth largest city in Jordan based solely on this new population, and is the second biggest refugee camp in the world. With no money, belongings, or resources, these Syrians have few options. It is also illegal for refugees to obtain work and even if they could, destination countries like Jordan cannot financially accommodate this onslaught. When families finally manage to move on from the camp, they typically end up living with too many people crowded into small, yet expensive apartments. “We feel human again.” New Life Assembly of God church in Amman, Jordan, with Pastor Dikran Salbashian, tries to help as much as possible. Some refugees told a local radio station: “We have asked many organizations for help, but this church not only helped us with food, they treated us as fellow human beings. They gave us hope. There are still people who care about us and love us.” When New Life members gather refugees into their church, they not only receive food parcels, but they are met with kindness and hope. Often volunteers from New Life visit refugees in their homes; these small, expensive apartments shared by many. Volunteers come to them, not out of obligation, but out of compassion and a desire to encourage their new neighbors. “We cannot solve all problems, but we can do something.” “First we thought that the refugee problem would only last a couple of months, but now it has been more than three and a half years”, says Dikran Salbashian. “These people have lost all hope of returning to their own houses. We cannot solve all problems, but we can do something. We cannot help everybody, but we were able to support 150 families each week. During the winter, they not only need food, but we also need warm clothes, blankets, mattresses, and sometimes little heating stoves. We have been asked to help with powdered milk or diapers, but that is too expensive. Our resources are limited.” Church volunteers want to continue to help, but cannot do it alone. They will need your help. A food parcel that will help a family for around two-three weeks costs just $50. Your gift of $50 or more will give hope to a desperate mother, trying to feed her family. We would like to continue supporting the efforts of those helping in Jordan during these crucial times. But we can only do it with your help. Please consider making a donation to provide for families like yours who are in desperate need right now. Whether or not we see it, the effects of this war continue long past anyone’s expectations. As hope dwindles in the hearts of those suffering loss of family, homes, and security, we want to shed the light of hope with the promise of restoration. Thank you for partnering with us to make this possible.